Tony Allen dead: Afrobeat co-founder and infamous drummer dies aged 79

Tony Allen best known for his part in founding the popular musical genre Afrobeat, has died in Paris on Thursday 30 April. He was 79.

His manager Eric Trossetm confirmed his death to medal outlet France 24.

“We don’t know the exact cause of death,” he said.

“He was in great shape; it was quite sudden. I spoke to him at 1pm, then two hours later he was sick and taken to Pompidou hospital, where he died.”

Fans took to Twitter to share their sorrow at the news of his death.


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One wrote: “Rest In Power to Tony Allen, the Godfather of Afrobeat Rhythms. Thank you for giving us the sound that would change our lives and our destiny as a people.”

Another commented: “Tony Allen, one of the world’s greatest drummers, leaves us. With Fela Kuti, the co-creator of Afrobeat. A truly innovative genius.”

“Is this for real? Afrobeat saddest day. It like night falling in daylight TONY ALLEN,” a third expressed their sadness.

A fourth sent their condolences: “A giant just left us… Rest in power, Tony Allen.”

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